Zen meditation, zazen, is a physical and mental discipline in which we create a laboratory to study the self. As in any laboratory, we eliminate variables or distractions by being still and sitting in silence. There are many forms of Zen meditation from following our breathing to the 8 levels of absorption (samadhi/ jhana), to the penetrating inquiry of koan study, through shikan-taza (sitting as this very moment) to Pure Being beyond form and formlessness. We begin by sitting still in silence, breathing fully and mentally focused on the sensations in the kikai meridian point in the low belly moving with our inhalation and exhalation.
Siddhartha Gautama, the Sage of the Shakya Clan, know as the Buddha, the Awakened One, practiced meditation every day of his life AFTER his enlightenment experience! So we too make Zen meditation the heart of our daily practice before and after awakening experiences.
If practiced with right effort and full commitment, it gradually awakens us to body-mind consciousness, and develops spiritual skills in concentration, detachment, and merger. Over time practice leads to realizing Oneness, to awakening to the dimensions of Oneness, and to maturing our way of being. This is natural and nothing special, our true nature.
Meditation as a central practice requires the guidance of a teacher for success.
⇒ Please see the weekly Meditation schedule.